Good writing occurs because a writer passionately desires to say something. . . .
Students do not need more abstract advice about how to write.
They need somehow to have their feelings kindled.

—X.J. Kennedy

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Almost all really new ideas have
a certain aspect of foolishness
when they are first produced.

—Alfred North Whitehead

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Flip Your Writing Switch

Flip Your Writing Switch

There is writing, and there is not writing. —David Morley I wanted to share this podcast from the Warwick “Writing Challenges,” because I believe it helps clarify the exact challenge that derails most writers the most often: our inability to sit down and get into the...
How to Deal with the Voices In Your Head

How to Deal with the Voices In Your Head

  At least Dr. Jekyll was never both himself and Mr. Hyde at the same time (for more modern readers, that should say, “At least Dr. Banner was never both himself and the Hulk at the same time,” if you catch my drift—who was it that said, “There are no new stories”?)....
Here Be Dragons

Here Be Dragons

You’ve probably heard the story before. Ancient mapmakers painted in mountains, rivers, bodies of water, and all that they knew on their maps, but the information was always limited. At some point there would be lands or waters beyond which they had no idea what they...

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